bridge

This 1909 shot is not a great image, but it is an interesting and unique photo. It depicts the old railroad bridge over the Tittabawassee River at Highwood, and the old town that had sprung up along the tracks south of Highwood Road. It may be the town hall that appears in the distance as the highest roof just to the left of the bridge. Unfortunately, this very low resolution image is the only one I have found over the years. It is my hope that one of your readers will recognize it as something they found among Grandma’s old photos, and might afford me the opportunity to take a very high-resolution scan of it. Over the years we have found that it was often the larger towns that were photographed when itinerant photographers crisscrossed the state in search of marketable photos. Thus, we have a lot of photos of towns the size of Gladwin and Beaverton, but very few from other places. That we have so few of Rhodes, Estey, Highwood, and other locations along the track indicates that the photographers may not have used the railroads to get to their subjects and their markets here. Either that, or they usually did not see enough potential market to spend the time setting up their bulky equipment to get shots of places such as this.

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